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Posted on Violent kickbacks when cutting trim miters on tablesaw

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#1 posted 01-15-2018 10:28 PM

Before I built a sled, I used an Incra fence to cut thousands of miters and I still do for angles other than 45. I have never had the kind of trouble you are describing. There is something else going on here. Perhaps your blade isn’t aligned very well with the miter slot? Is the kickback occurring after the wood has gone past the down traveling teeth and is contacting the up traveling teeth? Could it be that you don’t have good tight control of the wood as it passes over the blade? There are many potential root causes.

I agree with John that you really need to build crosscut and miter sleds, even though it will be a lot of trouble to get them dead accurate. There are a lot of instructions on how to do this on the internet and especially Youtube. You can also buy commercially built sleds and some of them have adjustable angles. I don’t think they are as good as a good shop built one though.

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